Remembering When An Unknown D’Angelo Russell Went Crazy Over Blake Griffin’s USA Dunks
When we first talked about Blake Griffin throwing down these dunk contest worthy dunks at a USAB practice in 2012, we thought the real star of the video was the “he didn’t even stretch doe” kid with the lines in his eyebrows. Looking back at the video today, we think the real star of the video is the Lakers #2 NBA draft pick D’Angelo Russell, saying “he didn’t even stretch doe” near his current LA teammate Julius Randle, fellow rookie standout Devin Booker and slam dunk champ Zach LaVine (20 second mark).
Awesome right? This is the equivalent of finding out Jean-Claude Van Damme was the awesome background dancer in the 80’s classic Breakin.
Back to Russell, before the start of his rookie season, he reenacted his hilarious “stretch doe” reaction in an ESPN promo video.
And now you can catch him reacting that way when Kobe Bryant plays like it’s 2012 or when he’s throwing dimes to teammates Randle and Jordan Clarkson…when he’s not trying to dunk on them.